Gravest threat to democracy is the public’s complacency

Gravest threat to democracy is the public’s complacency
Deterring democracy? US president Donald Trump with Russia’s Vladimir Putin Picture: Getty

All indications are that liberal systems of government around the world are in danger

The letters ‘SPQH’ feature at Dublin City Hall, which was built between 1769 and 1779. The letters are shorthand for a Latin phrase: senatus populusque hibernicus, meaning “the Senate and the people of Ireland” – seemingly a variant of ‘SPQR’ – the Senate and the people of Rome, which is commonly seen on manhole covers on the streets of the Italian capital. These abbreviations serve as a nice reminder of the value generations before us placed on the principles of democracy.

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